February 2015, Issue 146


Alumni News

Alumni Get Together in Hamburg: Tour of the Sewage Treatment Plant Köhlbrandhöft

Water is our number one foodstuff – but how do we manage wastewater and what are the processes and mechanisms used in a modern wastewater treatment plant? At the next alumni get together in Hamburg on Friday, March 20, 2015, participants will gain insight into one of Hamburg’s most important wastewater treatment facilities Klärwerk Köhlbrandhöft.

Participants will meet at 2:15pm at Anleger Hafentor, departure at 2:45pm from Sonderkasse Hafentor. The tour will last till about 6pm. Afterwards the group will meet in a nearby restaurant in the Hamburg Harbor area (location to be announced). Register by Saturday, February 28, 2015, by sending an email to .

Reminder: Registration Open for RWTH Alumni Get Together in New Orleans from May 21 to 24, 2015

RWTH alumni are cordially invited to attend the 11th RWTH Alumni America Get Together from May 21 to 24, 2015. Here you can find the program and registration details.


Alumni Spotlight

Dieter Enders and Rudolf Maier Awarded with RWTH Honorary Title

At this year’s RWTHtransparent , Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg awarded Professor Dieter Enders with the honorary title of Senior Professor. Furthermore, Professor Rudolf Maier was appointed JARA Senior Professor. At the discretion of the University Senate, this honor is bestowed upon outstanding researchers who, upon their retirement, want to stay affiliated with RWTH Aachen University.

Ukrainian Receives DAAD Award

The DAAD Award from the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, for outstanding achievements and extraordinary volunteer involvement of international students has been awarded to Liudmyla Goncharenko from the Ukraine . Goncharenko, who is studying European Studies, was nominated by the association of Russian-speaking students in Aachen, VeRSA.

Honor for University Athletes

STAWAG awarded the Top Athletics Prize for Aachen University Sports powered by STAWAG to the RWTH Aachen rowing team. "The rowing eight have been German university champions for the past four years," said Eva Wußing, head of corporate communications at STAWAG, explaining their selection of this year's award recipient. The Volunteer Award from Sparkasse Aachen was awarded to Friederike Wittmers, who organizes diverse events and advanced education offers for Aachen University Sports in addition to her job as Ski-Chairwoman. Over 60 students from RWTH and FH Aachen were honored for their outstanding athletic achievements, which included first and third place in German and international university championships in 2014. RWTH and FH Aachen took 76 first places, 23 second, and 29 third places.


Continued Education

Offers from RWTH International Academy:

Seminar: Introduction to the Technology of Aluminium, March 23 to 26, 2015

In collaboration with RWTH International Academy and the Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie (GDA), the Aluminium Engineering Center Aachen (aec) annually offers the seminar Introduction to Aluminium Technology.The seminar will cover the metallurgical foundation of aluminium production, processing, and application. Lectures and practical exercises will work through the entire process change from the production of an aluminium component to checking it in a drop tower.

RWTH Certificate Couse: Design for Six Sigma Green Belt,” April 14 to 17, 2015, and June 9 to 12, 2015

In collaboration with the Research Area Metrology and Quality Management at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL at RWTH Aachen, the RWTH International Academy is offering the Design for Six Sigma Green Belt certificate course. The Six Sigma Black Belts in the research area will teach participants the philosophy and implementation of necessary tools. Knowledge acquired will be advanced through application-oriented exercises both alone and in groups.

Executive MBA at RWTH Aachen University

The largest and leading series of MBA fairs worldwide – dthe QS World MBA Tour – is geht im Frühjahr wieder on Tour. Those who would like to learn about our EMBA program, can do so at the fairs on March 11, 2015, in Hamburg and on March 14, 2015 in Frankfurt. Or meat the RWTH Aachen Executive MBA team at CEBIT 2015 from March 16 to 20, 2015, or at the Hannover Messe 2015 from April 13 to 17, 2015 at the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft stand, and talk to one of our skilled team members and advisors.


Science & Business

Top Managers Come from RWTH Aachen

The business magazine "Manager Magazin" has published a list of the most popular universities among top German managers. RWTH Aachen is tied with the University of Cologne for second place. 17 graduates from each of the universities are now top managers among Germany's 100 largest companies. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT, came in first place with 24 graduates as board members. The University of Mannheim and LMU Munich follow in fourth and fifth place respectively, each with 13 board members.

Space Mission Project to Retrieve Uncontaminated Water Samples

Since the first traces of liquid oceans under the thick sheets of ice on some moons in the outer solar system, there has been speculation about whether independent life could have developed there. With this in mind, Saturn's small moon, Enceladus, is of particular interest, as it spits water particles into space from crevices on its south pole. A land mission to investigate this water resources was a decisive step in answering the question about life there. The remoteness and extreme conditions pose a particular technical challenge to future space missions. The Enceladus Explorer, EnEx, project, initiated and funded by the German Aerospace Center, DLR, has made an important first step in which scientists from six German universities have come together to form a team. The goal of the EnEx project was the development of key technologies for retrieving an uncontaminated water sample on Enceladus, the investigation of mission scenarios, and as realistic a test as possible of the developed technologies on Earth. A crucial key component for such a mission is an ice-melting probe that can be directed and navigated freely through the ice and is able to "see" through the ice and know its exact position. The necessary navigation technology has been developed in the past three years by experts at at FH Aachen, RWTH Aachen, TU Braunschweig, the University of Bremen, Bundeswehr University Munich, and the University of Wuppertal.



Outstanding Achievements in Teaching

The RWTH Aachen Teaching Prize, with which the University has recognized exemplary achievements in teaching since 2001, was awarded during RWTHtransparent. First place and 9,000 Euros were awarded to the student group "GandHi," short for Global Health Initiative. The dedicated medical students wanted to initiate critical thinking and independent study. For this purpose, they organize talks by experts, short presentations, simulation games, and workshops. The students educate themselves in topic areas that are barely covered during regular studies, for example poverty or infant mortality.

Diverse Ideas Given Recognition

"At your desk, in the shower, while jogging, in your sleep, alone, in a team – the circumstances, under which ideas originate, are as diverse as the ideas themselves“, read the text in the announcement. The Innovation Award – sponsored by Hilti Aktiengesellschaft – is awarded by RWTH and Forschungszentrum Jülich to honor ideas and projects from all faculties and reward creative minds that contribute to the innovation and charisma of the Aachen region. This year the first place for the Innovation Award was given to Team PriSuScreen. The award is endowed with 5,000 Euros. Under the direction of Aachen Chemical Engineering and the Institute of Plant Physiology, PriSuScreen is developing a new screening process to identify agents as "resistance priming" to protect plants.

RWTH Aachen Brigitte Gilles Prize Awarded

RWTH Aachen has awarded two projects with the Brigitte Gilles Prize. School students from the Junior Ingenieur Akademie at Inda-Gymnasium in Aachen-Kornelimünster and the organizers of an equal opportunities project in the RWTH-AStA received their prizes during an award ceremony.

RWTH Holiday Camp Honored with Code Week Award

The "Informatik-Feriencamp für Weltverbesserer“ or "Computer Science Holiday Camp for Do-Gooders" at RWTH Aachen has been awarded the Code Week Award . The holiday camp is one of the projects from the InfoSphere, RWTH Aachen's computer science lab for school pupils.

New Lectured Hall Complex Named C.A.R.L.

"C.A.R.L. – Central Auditorium for Research and Learning”is the name of the new lecture hall complex on Claßenstraße. Albert Wendt, a doctoral student at the RWTH Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production, AZL for short, submitted the winning name to the jury.



March 3 and 4, 2015: Conference for Wind Power Drives

March 9 to 11, 2015: 9th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2015)

March 13, 2015: Scientific Symposium in Recognition of Professor Henning Saß' 70th Birthday

March 19, 2015: 41st Aachen Foundry Colloquium

March 19 and 20, 2015: Spring Conference of the Media Pedagogy Section of the DGfE

March 20, 2015: RWTH Alumni-Treffen in Hamburg: Führung im Klärwerk Köhlbrandhöft

March 21, 2015: WDR Bigband – New York State Of Mind

March 23, 2015: HumTec-Day

March 27, 2015: RWTH Alumni Get Together in Beijing, China

March 31, 2015: RWTH Alumni Get Together in Tokyo, Japan


Additional Alumni Service

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The Alumni Newsletter is released once a month. The International Office, Fundraising, and Alumni publish the newsletter on behalf of the Rector. The contact persons in the editorial office are Dietrich Hunold and Reena James. Responsibility is assumed by Markus Schulte.